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Cardiac tests

Understanding the common tests such as the electrocardiogram, stress test, cardiac ultrasound, enzyme tests and more.

When you have a heart event, and as you carry on your life with heart disease, you will likely have a number of common cardiac tests. Some are simple, such as blood testing for cholesterol and triglycerides, or chest x-rays. Others are more involved. Some tests may be a one-time event, others may be done on a regular schedule to monitor your condition.

What to expect and how to prepare for cardiac tests

Going for heart tests can be intimidating - not knowing what to expect. Understanding what will happen, and how you can prepare, can take away or minimize your concerns and anxiety.

Cardiac Stress Test

Just the name "stress test" sounds scary. Simply put, it's a test to measure your heart's activity during exercise - usually on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. More....

Echocardiogram

Also known as cardiac ultrasound, this is a non invasive way for the doctor to look at pictures of your beating heart. More...

Stress Echocardiogram - on supine bicycle

This combination stress test and echocardiogram allows your doctor to view the functioning of your heart before, during, and after exercise. More...

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

When it's not possible to get clear images of the heart in the regular echocardiogram, doctors will request a TEE, where the ultrasound pictures are created from inside your esophagus. More...

Electrocardiogram

Also known as a EKG or a ECG, this simple procedure is the standard diagnostic test used to detect and monitor heart disease. More...

Blood Tests

There are a number of reasons for blood tests. These include checking lipid levels and ratios, enzymes levels, oxygen levels, and clotting time. More...

Chest X-rays

Many aspects of your heart health are revealed through x-rays such as heart size, calcium deposits, and lung condition. More...

Enzyme Tests

Changes to blood enzyme levels are one of the key diagnostic tools for heart attack. More...


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